Renny Harlin's 5 Days of War trailer
The trailer for Renny Harlin's 5 Days of War has arrived, it's a film based on actual events and is located right in the middle of the war between Russia and Georgia, just as it began and the world was focussed on other events. It follows a reporting team who become caught in the middle of the conflict and begin witnessing some harrowing events.
Part of me thought that 5 Days of War could be to Renny Harlin what Black Book was to Paul Verhoeven, a clear reminder that the director wasn't just the genre he'd been pegged in. Judging from the trailer that comparison isn't exactly correct.
In this intensely human portrayal of courage under fire, acclaimed director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger) combines heart pounding action with real human drama, as he tells the riveting story of a war reporter caught behind enemy lines during the 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia. As a nation fights for its very survival, a brave and passionate coalition of international reporters and local Georgians risk their lives to tell the true human cost of military conflict.
You can see from that description there's a strong sense of reality in there, a heavy turn to actual events and what seems like an actual telling of some of the terrible things that happened, and yet when you watch the trailer it's hard not to see a big action film.
Some of the scenes from the trailer are templates from other action films, wading through the lake at night on fire springs to mind as being the biggest, then there's the bad guy opening his roll of crude torture devices, and the many action sequences covered over with the dramatic action score.
I'm not saying that this is a bad thing, actually I think that watching the trailer as an action film will deliver a lot, some of the scenes look fantastic and there's a strong story at the centre of it for the characters to follow, plus there's a cast there too - Andy Garcia, Val Kilmer, Richard Coyle, Heather Graham, Rade Serbedzija, Rupert Friend and Emmanuelle Chriqui.
So maybe we should just push the "actual events" aspect to the back of our minds and hit on the action side, or maybe the trailer is playing to what people will know of Renny Harlin already, and after all aren't those good memories? Fond memories? There are plenty there for me as well as plenty of bad ones too.
Have a look at the trailer through Twitch and see what you think. Which way is this going to go?